2021 GERMAN OLYMPIC TRIALS – BERLIN
- Friday, April 16th – Sunday, April 18th
- Friday/Saturday: Prelims at 10am local/Finals at 5pm local; Sunday: Prelims at 9:30am local/Finals at 4pm local
- Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark, Berlin
- German Olympic Selection Policy
- Long course meters (LCM)
- Start lists
- Live results
- Live stream
- Update German roster
The second of three days of the German Olympic qualification started in the morning with an event section of only 50 minutes. Only German swimmers who belong to the national squads and fulfill a mandatory time can participate at this meet. This requirement is intended to keep the number of participants as small as possible due to the Corona pandemic. There is one special regulation at the event: the Syrian swimmers Yusra Mardini and Alaa Maso are supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with scholarships and are thus considered candidates for the refugee team, which was allowed to participate for the first time in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) in 2016. The IOC Executive Board will decide in June which of the 55 scholarship holders will compete in Tokyo from July 23. Both are eligible to start in Berlin even if they are not members of a German national squad. Mardini and Maso live and train in Germany.
No German swimmer managed to break an Olympic standard in prelims. Damian Wierling came very close to the target time in the 100 m freestyle in 48,67, missing it by only 0,17 seconds. He and the other finalists in the 100m freestyle are also fighting for a spot in the 4x100m freestyle relay tonight. The rules for the selection of the relay swimmers are that only the fastest performances achieved in a final will be used. Preliminary performances don’t count.
In the women’s 100m freestyle prelims, Annika Bruhn was the only one to swim under 55 seconds. Bruhn’s 54.97 is 0.87 seconds over the standard. Two women have already broken the 400m freestyle standard in previous Olympic qualifying events: Isabel Gose and Leonie Kullmann. In the men’s event, Florian Wellbrock, Lukas Märtens and Henning Mühlleitner dipped under the German Olympic standard. But only the two fastest are allowed to start in Tokyo. So far, Florian Wellbrock showed the best performance in 3:44.77 ahead of Lukas Märtens (3:45.29). Wellbrock is already qualified for the 800 and 1500 m freestyle, and he will also compete in the 10 km Olympic Open Water event. With such a demanding program, the question is whether he wants to compete in the 400 m.
Women’s 100m FREESTYLE – FINAL
- German National Record – Britta Steffen, 52.07
- German OLY QT – 54.10
Annika Bruhn broke the Olympic standard in 53.96 in the A-final. She stayed under 54 seconds for the first time. Lisa Höpink finished behind her in a new personal best time of 54.65, followed by Marie Pietruschka in 54.73 and Isabel Gose in 54.96. Isabel Gose set a new German national age group record for the 19-year-olds, but this time was improved in the B-final by Hannah Küchler to 54.88. The record was previously held since 2006 by Daniela Götz with 55 seconds. Küchler thus ousted Gose from the TOP 4 relay spots. Fastest in the C-fnal was Julia Mrozinski in 55.37.
Men’s 100m FEESTYLE – FINAL
- German National Record – Marco di Carli, 48.24
- German OLY QT – 48.50
In the morning Damian Wierling was very close to the Olympic standard of 48.50 with his time of 48.67. His personal best stands at 48.35. In tonight’s A-final, Damian Wierling undercut the standard time by 0.02 seconds and hit the wall first in 48.48. Butterfly specialist Marius Kusch achieved the second fastest time in 48.91 ahead of Christoph Fildebrand in 49.05 and Josha Salchow in 49,09.
Women’s 200m BUTTERFLY – FINAL
- German National Record – Franziska Hentke, 2:05.26
- German OLY QT – 2:08.20 (already nominated: Franziska Hentke)
The 200m butterfly final was a one-woman show by Franziska Hentke. The 31-year-old is already qualified for the Olympics. She set her German record in 2015. In 2017 she won the silver medal at the World Championships in Budapest in 2:05.39. Today she achieved a time of 2:09.68.
Men’s 200m BUTTERFLY – FINAL
- German National Record – David Thomsberger, 1:55.04
- German OLY QT – 1:56.30 (standard has been reached by: David Thomasberger 1:55.04)
Ramon Klenz also was the one-man-show. Ramon Klenz was the previous record holder with a best time of 1:55.76, so the Olympic standard of 1:56.30 would be within his reach. Unfortunately, he missed the Olympic qualifying time by 0.34 seconds, he was clocked at 1:56.64. David Thomasberger took the German record from Klenz two weeks ago and cracked the German standard. He set a new German record in 1:55.04 and is pre-qualified for the Olympics.
Women’s 400m IM – FINAL
- German National Record – Petra Schneider, 4:36,10
- German OLY QT – 4:38,40
- Kim Herkle, 4:41,76
- Giulia Goerigk, 4:42,97
Only two young ladies competed in the 400 m medley. 19-year-old Giulia Goerigk was in front for the first 200 metres, then Kim Herkle passed her and took the win. Herkle set a new personal best time in 4:41,46. Also Goerigk was able to improve her lifetime best.
Men’s 400m FREESTYLE – FINAL
- German National Record – Paul Biedermann 3:40,07
- German OLY QT – 3:46.40 (standard has been reached by: Henning Mühlleitner 3:45.55, Florian Wellbrock 3:44.77, Lukas Märtens 3:45.29)
- Florian Wellbrock 3:44,36
- Lukas Märtens 3:44,86
- Henning Mühlleitner 3:45,36
The three men gave each other nothing in the final and delivered an exciting race. Over the entire distance, they were always only a few tenths apart. Florian Wellbrock was once again the winner ahead of Lukas Märtens and Henning Mühlleitner. Lukas Märtens achieved a new personal best time in 3:44,86 and moves up to 7th place in the world rankings. Henning Mühlleitner also improved his previous best to 3:45.36.
Wellbrock is already qualified for the 800 and 1500 m freestyle, and he will also compete in the 10 km Olympic Open Water event. With such a demanding program, the question is whether he wants to compete in the 400 m. Henning Mühlleitner would only get the spot at the Olympic Games if Wellbrock would renounce. Lukas Märtens ducked under the German Olympic norms in the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle.
|AUS||3:43.90||12/14||2020 QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
|AUS||3:44.24||12/14||2020 QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
|GER||3:44.35||04/10||2021 Madgeburg German Olympic Qualifier
|AUT||3:44.51||04/08||2021 Swim Open Stockholm
|ITA||3:44.65||03/31||2021 Italian Olympic Trials
|ITA||3:44.74||03/31||2021 Italian Olympic Trials
|RUS||3:45.92||04/03||2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women’s 400m FREESTYLE – FINAL
- German National Record – Sarah Köhler, 4:03.96
- German OLY QT – 4:07.50 (standard has been reached by: Isabel Gose 4:06.11, Leonie Kullmann 4:07.44)
Two women have already broken the 400m freestyle standard in previous Olympic qualifying events: Isabel Gose and Leonie Kullmann. Gose managed to improve her personal best tonight again and set a new German national age group record for the 19-year-olds in 4:05.19. German record holder Sarah Koehler came in second in 4:05.99. With a personal best of 4:06.25, Leonie Kullmann is again under the Olympic standard, but only the third fastest German swimmer. The performances of the three Germans influence the actual World Ranking: Isabel Gose reaches the third place, Sarah Köhler places fifth and Leonie Kullman seventh.
Men’s 400m IM – FINAL
- German National Record – Jacob Heidtmann, 4:12,08
- German OLY QT – 4:15,00
- Jacob Heidtmann, 4:14.00
- Danny Schmidt, 4:19,04
Only two men took up the challenge over the 400m medley. German record holder Jacob Heidtmann, who is already qualified for the Olympic Games, took the victory in 4:14.00. Danny Schmidt finished in 4:19.04, just missing his lifetime best of 4:18.82.
As a refresher, the Olympic standards, German records, and already qualified swimmers in each Olympic event are as follows:
|Already qualified for Tokyo||German Record||German Olympic norm||Event||German Olympic norm||German Record||Already qualified for Tokyo|
|Sarah Köhler||8:16.43||8:30.00||800 freestyle||7:50.00||7:43.03||Florian Wellbrock|
|Sarah Köhler||15:48.83||16:16.00||1500 freestyle||14:59.00||14:36.15||Florian Wellbrock|
|2:25.00||2:24.90||200 breaststroke||2:09.90||2:07.47||Marco Koch|
|Laura Riedemann||59.77||1:00.00||100 backstroke||53.70||52.27|
|57.70||57.90||100 butterfly||51.80||51.19||Marius Kusch|
|Franziska Hentke||2:05.26||2:08.20||200 butterfly||1:55.04||1:55.76|
|2:11.33||2:11.90||200 IM||1:59.40||1:55.76||Philip Heintz|
|4:36.10||4:38.40||400 IM||4:15.00||4:12.08||Jacob Heidtmannn|